organization, very controversial, but tom had faith in me, and he, more than anybody else, i think, is responsible for my current success. i owe him a lot. >> what do you in writing your columns purposely to get people to read them? >> i try to write about things that really matter to me. any columnist, if he gets too eggheaded and tries to impress people by quoting obscure 14th- century monks or literature, things that people have probably never read or come across, has . so i try, without dumbing down or talking down to people, to talk about things that really matter the most to them: moral issues, ethical issues, relational issues. >> where do you get them, though? where do you get the ideas? in what format? >> well, i don't know. we talked about that earlier, the gift. they just come to me. >> i mean, do you listen a lot of radio, do you read a lot of newspapers? >> oh, sure. i read two things every day: my bible and the "new york times," so i know what each side is doing. but yeah, i read eight to ten newspapers a day, i read books, i read press releases, i have conversations with people.